Lost HDD space after SSD install

Alright, I'm at my wit's end here. I've tried every solution on every forum post I've seen and nothing seems to be getting anywhere. So here goes!

Yesterday I got an SSD (Woo! Finally!) and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro onto it. No problems there. My old setup was a single 1TB HDD with two partitions, C and D. After installing Windows on the SSD, I booted up and manually copied all my important bits from the old C drive over. I kept most of my data on the old D partition, so it wasn't too hard to save everything from the old CD as it was only a few gigs of documents and such. Then I used disk manager to wipe the data on the old C drive. Now I've got just two drives: my SSD C drive, and my HDD D drive. And here's where things get annoying...

Now I have empty space (former C partition) on my HDD that I want to reclaim and extend my D drive into. The problem (or so I read) is that there's a recovery partition in between the old C and D partitions that I can't delete with any Windows tools so I can't merge the drives. What's the solution to that? Apparently booting Ubuntu off a USB drive and using gparted to wipe the recovery partition that Windows can't touch. So now I've done that and everything should merge! Except it doesn't. I've tried third party apps that can't touch this unallocated data, I've tried googling every combination of words to find the solution to this and I've got nothing. I can't create a new simple volume off the unallocated data, I can't extend into the unallocated data, and I'm really annoyed that I've got 100 gigs just sitting there empty. I know the simplest solution would be to just copy the contents of the drive somewhere else and format it, but I don't just have another empty TB drive sitting around and I really don't feel like buying one just to solve a problem that shouldn't be this difficult to solve. Any help would be greatly appreciated with this. Thanks

P.S. is there a way to upload a screenshot directly to the forum? The insert picture option just gives me a URL option
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  1. You can load the picture up on a file sharing site and post the URL here, but we cannot directly host pictures as it would take too much space.

    Have you tried using Diskpart already?

    If you cannot just clean the entire drive and start fresh you can extend into non-contiguous spaces if you first convert the disk from basic to dynamic, but like everything in life that change comes with some potential disadvantages.

    If you are willing to just wipe the HDD, I would use diskpart. In an elevated command prompt (right click run as admin) type:
    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk n (where n = the HDD)
    clean

    Then simply reinitialize and format the drive in disk management.
  2. Hi

    before proceeding power down
    unplug the hard disk sata data & power cables

    then boot up off SSD
    If this works OK no problems re connect hard drive

    occasionally when adding Windows to a new drive and old drive has a boot partition the old boot partion is re used and new drive will not bootup without being repaired using a bootable Windows or repair disk

    regards
    Mike Barnes
  3. RealBeast said:
    You can load the picture up on a file sharing site and post the URL here, but we cannot directly host pictures as it would take too much space.

    Have you tried using Diskpart already?

    If you cannot just clean the entire drive and start fresh you can extend into non-contiguous spaces if you first convert the disk from basic to dynamic, but like everything in life that change comes with some potential disadvantages.

    If you are willing to just wipe the HDD, I would use diskpart. In an elevated command prompt (right click run as admin) type:
    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk n (where n = the HDD)
    clean

    Then simply reinitialize and format the drive in disk management.


    When I first tried using Diskpart it wouldn't delete the recovery partition, which is why I loaded up Ubuntu Live and used gparted to wipe that. Now Diskpart doesn't even see that partition. The working D partition is already dynamic but cannot extend into the unallocated space. I'm really starting to think my only option is to buy another HDD and copy everything over and format the old drive. I just don't really want to shell out cash for another drive when I just got one.
  4. mbarnes86 said:
    Hi

    before proceeding power down
    unplug the hard disk sata data & power cables

    then boot up off SSD
    If this works OK no problems re connect hard drive

    occasionally when adding Windows to a new drive and old drive has a boot partition the old boot partion is re used and new drive will not bootup without being repaired using a bootable Windows or repair disk

    regards
    Mike Barnes


    There's definitely no issues with the SSD booting. When I first did the clean install of Windows the old drive was disconnected, and now there's no OS files on the old drive at all. It's definitely booting off the SSD no problem.
  5. Can you post a link to a screenshot of your disk management?
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